Yiddish culture in east Europe today is but a dim shadow of its history and legacy, but it is not dead. Jewish communities exist - in diminished numbers - and Jewish life continues, not the least in the memories of an older generation who remember a world which spoke Yiddish. Di Naye Kapelye means The New Band in Yiddish. Di Naye Kapelye play old time Yiddish music from not so long ago. The klezmer music which defines modern Ashkenazic Jewish existence is the klezmer of America - especially New York. Old gramophone recordings document changes in instrumentation and repertoire as immigrant Jewish musicians adapted to new lives in the new world. In east Europe, however, folk traditions are strong, and Jewish music thrived as long as Jews had weddings. Di Naye Kapelye's music takes its character from east European kapelyes (yiddish for a small band) like the Bughici family band in Iasi, Romania, the Markus family band in Hungary, the Lantos Orchestra in Maramures, Romania, and other Jewish village bands who played in distinctively non-commercial, local styles. In many cases the Jewish musicians played alongside local Roma (Gypsies), and today in Hungary and Romania Gypsies are the main source for living practitioners of Jewish music. Some, like the Transylvanian fiddlers Samu Cilika Boross and Ferenc Arus, played for Jewish weddings when no Jewish band was available. Some, like Andras Horvath of Tiszakorod, Hungary, and Gheorghe and Vassile Covaci in Maramures, Romania, worked in Jewish bands before the war and learned the musical nuance of the local Hasidic courts (hoyfn). Hungary, is Di Naye Kapelye's home, and they come together through a surprising set of circumstances, many of them soaked in palinka - Hungarian plum brandy.

01. Dem Rebns Tants (trad., from Art Shryer's Orch., 1929)
02. Ani Maamin/Wedding March from Transylvania (trad.)
03. Hangu and Freylachs from Podoly (trad., Bughici family, Moldavia)
04. Kotsk/Dem Trisker Rebns Nigun (trad., Dave Tarras
05. Shloimke's Russian Dance (Shloimke Beckerman)
06. Naftule's doina (Naftule Brandwein)
07. Moldav-O-Rama (trad.)
08. Bet Zikh ibert un Geyt a Tentsl (Tarras, in Greek style)
09. Ono B'Choach - Slow Hora/The Odessa Bulgar (trad., Mishka Tsiganoff)
10. Jewish Tunes from Szatmár (trad.)
11. Yismekhu/in Ades/Áron's Chosid Tants (Belf Orchestra/trad./J.Frankel)
12. Bobover wedding march (trad.)

Bob Cohen: vocals, violin, mandolin
Christina Crowder: accordion, drum
Géza Pénzes: bass, cello, koboz, drum, background vocals
Janos Barta: clarinet, background vocals
Jack "Yankl" Falk: metal and wood clarinets, vocals

Róbert Kerényi: Moldavian caval and flutes, drum


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Anonymous said...

This is the best klezmer-band in the world!

Anonymous said...

nice klez. liked mazeldiker more, but, still, great post

Anonymous said...

i saw them many many years ago in szeged, hungary in the old synagogoue. i bought their cassette (told you it was a LONG time ago) and as cassettes go it held up okay but a few years ago it died on me. im so glad they repeated many of the songs from that cassette on this album. lovely root klezmer! thanks for this find!

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